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Beginners Guide to Scripting by djeaton3162 Beginners Guide to Scripting by djeaton3162

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This is my first tutorial, so be kind to me. :) The people have spoken [link] so I spent several hours putting together a 14-page tutorial on some basic scripting techniques. Instead of providing fish, I thought I'd spend some time teaching how to fish.

Once you read through it, you should have no problem understanding the basics of what a script is doing, how to make some modifications to it, and even how to take a sample flame and make a script out of it.

I plan on doing a more advanced tutorial as well, but this one covers creating flames and transforms, modifying the transforms, and adjusting how the flame ends up in your preview window.

If you have any suggestions after reading it, I'd love to hear them in your comments. If you find it too hard or too easy, I'd like to hear that as well. If it ultimately helps you write one (or modify one in a useful way), I'd *love* to hear it.
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amberwind Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just used your instructions to write my first script from scratch... because I'm doing a challenge and can't figure out how the variations are interacting, so I wrote a script to randomize the whole shebang and I'm going to keep hitting the run button until I get something I can work with! :XD:
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. It is amazing how many comments I still get on those old Apo scripts.
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Charis3 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
This looks fascinating. Thanks!
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garridjo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you for this amazing tutorial, It is clear and easy to read and understand
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SiennaBlue Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. :)
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   General Artist
Thank you for sharing :bow: :)
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cejohnson356 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am new to using Apophysis and this guide has been very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and share with those of us still learning.
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torriedragons Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so very helpful for me. Thank you SO MUCH for putting this up here on DA! I have been wanting to learn about scripting for so long! :) Thanks again.
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nrubinstein Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009   Photographer
Thank you for the Scripting tutorial. I'm just getting started, so I'll have to work my way up to your info, but I've downloaded the basic Apophysis & have started playing with it and looking for basic info.
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Shadow696 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man. I'm definitely going to try some of it.
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CajunCamera Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Im having a problem; I'm doing the script and when it reads "linear" in the script, it says "unknown member identifier: linear".

What did I do wrong
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no idea! :) Are you referring to "linear", or "transform.linear"?
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CajunCamera Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Like, it just comes up as "unknown something "linear""

Its ticking me off
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't done Apo in a while, but if you send me the script in a note, I'll take a look at it.
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CajunCamera Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Well, its the same script you wrote
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry. I'm hopefully confused. This is a PDF tutorial, not a script.
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CajunCamera Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
I know. Dont worry; it's working now. I just got the latest version of Apoph.
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KittyAnnStudio Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Oh I am so exceited to read this tomorrow and get to learning :icongivemesmilesplz:

Thank you again and again dj for your wonderful gift of wisdom and sharing that give with all of us here :glomp:
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rebmemer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008   Digital Artist
ummm where is it?
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click on the download link. It's a PDF file.
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rebmemer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008   Digital Artist
ok thanks i will get right on it :D
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Dylananana Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
oo,
this is alot of help
thank you lots and lots and lots and lots and lots :D :D :D :) :) :)
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StarTrekOmega Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! A script tutorial even I can I understand. Thanx lots for it.
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. Let me know if it helps you create something. I'd love to see what you come up with.
Daniel
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StarTrekOmega Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
How about this little gem? :thumb94517633:
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CGJake Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008   Writer
Thanks a lot for the tutorial, but I have one question. Say at the end of the script I wanted to put Reset Location. What would the command for that be?
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you mean Calculate Bounds?
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CGJake Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008   Writer
I tried that and it didn 't really work. Do you think you could do a tutorial on how to put zooming and/out or rotating the canvas?

Or you could tell me the commands if that's easier.

Then again, you could always just ignore this comment completely and make your life easier.
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't ignore you, no matter how mentally out of it that I was. That would just be rude. :) The kinds of scripting I do is generally for static images, not animations. I will sometimes set a zoom value, but not "do zooming" if that makes any sense. You can also set the rotation value, but actively rotating the flame around in a circle with some kind of loop is beyond what I get into. You can find all the script commands documented at [link] and they are pretty well defined. What you are probably interested in will be in the Flame Class. That is where you can define flame.zoom, flame.scale, and RotateFlame. If you are just talking about rotating or "zooming" a specific transform and not the entire flame, check out the Transform Class of commands.
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CGJake Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008   Writer
It's more like the entire flame. Thanks a million, I'll check it out.
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mondspeer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Thanks for sharing the basics.

Great work. :+fav:
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Divinorum913 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
This was very helpful for my understanding of Apophysis scripts. Thank you for your efforts of elucidating this wonderful program in layman's terms.
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it helped. The Script Writing Script that I posted kinda automates the process. But the basic understanding of what I went through in the tutorial was a major breakthrough for me when it came to understanding scripts and what they do. If it helps you create a new script, I'd love to check it out.
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BlackJack-1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
cool thx, gonna give it a try
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know if it helps you produce a script.
D.
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BlackJack-1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
so far it helped me understand scripts :). I'll look further into it this weekend
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RedHotCold Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
This tutorial made a lot of sense, I feel like I have my foot in the right direction in understanding Apophysis scripts. Thanks a lot! I look forward to the sequel!
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DemonHearts Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Thank you so much! I tried to you Aphophysis a few years ago and preceded to fail miserably. LOL Hopefully this will make me better!

Thanks so much!
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MarielFoster Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having struggled with .flame files... this is the most cogent and helpful tutorial to get someone who has been mystified by Apo going!

Thanks Daniel
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drriquet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, that's really what i want !!
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anyiewo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
Very cool, I'll have to try this sometime.
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baba49 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just eye scanned the script and know that I will love work my way through it. I know that I will learn a lot. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge :hug:
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Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you Daniel, I really appreciate all you do for the fractal community :hug:
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Isis44 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Its very generous of you to share your knowledge with us once again. I appreciate all your hard work,thankyou. Catherine
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purple-whirlpool Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Thank you so much Daniel. I shall read through it and have a shot at it. I'm looking forward to it. Only thing I will say right now though is that I can't save the file! I'll have to read it online. :confused:
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's weird. Drop me a note with your email address and I'd be happy to email it to you.
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purple-whirlpool Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Thanks Daniel but I've managed it now. I right clicked the download button and saved target as...
I should know better, had that trouble before! :d'oh:
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Isis44 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Click the little floppy disk icon at the top of the pdf file(above the heading "Beginners Guide to...),a dialog box will open asking you where you'd like to save the file on your computer, obvious choice would be My Documents, and then click on save in dialog box.
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purple-whirlpool Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Thanks but that just saves the picture! I've saved it now by clicking on the download and 'save target as'. I should have known really, I've had that trouble before.
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
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Got me hook, line & sinker! :shakefish:
Let you know when I get results.
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